By Murtala Muhammad
Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) Bauchi is conducting a series of researches on infectious and other diseases in the newly established Molecular Laboratory and other departments of the hospital.
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr. Yusuf Jibril gave the indication while interacting with journalists on the hospital’s engagements.
Dr. Jibril, also a Chief Consultant, Infectious Diseases Physician said the researches being conducted include Solidarity Plus Trial, Pediatric Bacterial Meningitis and Rotavirus Surveillance as well as prevalence of infertility among couples.
He explained that others were Cohort Event Monitoring study for effects or otherwise of Covid-19 vaccine among Nigerians, Congenital Rubella Syndrome study, cervical cancer, Data Collection on Covid-19 and Lassa fever among others.
The Chief Medical Director, said the hospital was working on causes of these health problems with a view to proffer treatment and possible cure.
Dr. Jibril stated that every Teaching Hospital is mandated to carry out three important functions to include Clinical Services, Training and Research, without which none could be delivered as expected.
He noted that the hospital was collaborating with the Federal Ministry of Health, affiliate universities, Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), World Health Organisation (WHO), NAFDAC, among others.
Dr. Jibril said achieving the targeted result would be possible after conclusion, publication and subsequent presentation to the global science community using convincing evidence that the procedures were workable.
He advocated the need for inclusion of those in the traditional medicine practitioners in local research to make their work relevant, particularly in the production of alternative medicines such as the ones used to cure Typhoid which were believed to be effective by its users.
The ATBUTH Chief Medical Director who argued that traditional medicine practitioners were doing wonders in provision of alternative medicines for cure of diseases, however admitted their lack of capacity to depend what they have produced.